From Charlie Brown to Dragons!!!

I have been so busy at The Walters Theatre that I haven’t had too much time to write. I just finished 2 weeks of acting with a theatre group from Pennsylvania and 2 weeks before that with my family performing on stage.

I’ve been having a great summer so far. Not too long ago, both of my Uncle’s took me to see 2 different productions. Uncle Bradley took me to see “Charlie Brown” at The Stratford Festival and Uncle Diggy took me to see “How To Train Your Dragon” at the John Labatt’s Centre, London, Ontario. (I call my Uncle Darren, “Uncle Diggy” because I couldn’t pronounce Darren when I was younger. I still call him that name now!) Anyway, I’m going to write a review on both of the shows.

This is what the website “StageAgent’ said about Charlie Brown. “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown tells the story of an average day in the life of the famous comic strip child hero, Charlie Brown. Most of the characters are 5-6 years old, however the show is generally cast with adults. The audience is introduced to the whole Peanuts gang: Patty, Shroeder, Lucy and Snoopy. All of the characters share their observations, largely negative, of Charlie Brown. As the play progresses, the relationships of the Peanuts characters to one another are further expanded. Lucy is infatuated with Schroeder and takes great pleasure in tormenting Charlie Brown. Linus loves his blanket. Snoopy lives in his rich imagination. Charlie Brown is in love with a mysterious little, redheaded girl. The show ends with each character listing things that for him or her equal happiness. Finally, Lucy ends up telling Charlie Brown what a good man he is leaving a smiling, happy Charlie Brown alone on stage.”

I think it was a good review of this humorous production. Snoopy was definitely my favourite character. In the play he had a video game called “Bye Bye Kitty”. It was funny to watch him play it. Closer to the end of the play, Snoopy did a big number about supper. It was my favourite song in the play. It was a simple song that turned into a huge production!  Other than the supper time song my favourite part had to be these speaking lines. Charlie: “I wonder when dogs became a mans best friend?” Snoopy: “Probably after the invention of cookies!” The costumes in this production were very well done as well. If I could, I would see this play again! I enjoyed the entire day I spent with my Uncle Bradley.

Now to my next review. “How to Train Your Dragon” was an extremely high tech production. It was an amazing show to watch. They had gigantic dragons that were really robots that moved around the stage. Some even flew above the stage! They looked so real! There was an underwater scene where they used special lights to surround the whole stage and bubble machines to make it look even more like the sea. It was very realistic. There were lots of doors on the back wall of the stage. The actors jumped with ropes from one of the doors that opened like a drawbridge. My favourite part was all the amazing special effects throughout the entire play. My Uncle Diggy took me to this show as a surprise after we went out to eat at my favourite Canadian restaurant, “Earl’s” ! I had a fantastic time!

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